1921 Timelines: 1920 to 1929

The Capitol Theater in New York City seating 8,000, becomes the biggest cinema in the world.


The number of films made by German production companies rises to 600.


The famous film comedian, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, is arrested on a charge of homicide, causing a nationwide scandal.


Paramount Pictures announces that it made a total of 101 feature–length films during the year. This is the highest output to date achieved by a single studio.


Significant Films:

Charlie Chaplin releases his first feature film, “The Kid”.

“The Three Musketeers”, starring Douglas Fairbanks, is released by United Artists.

Metro releases, “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. Its leading man is the little known actor, Rudolph Valentino, who immediately becomes a major star.



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